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[BizInsight@HKUST - OBOR Talk Series] Opportunities for the Myanmar economy arising out of China’s OBOR initiative

One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative will transform the level of connectivity, cooperation and trade between a band of nations stretching from China, across Asia, and into Europe and Africa. HKUST Business School researchers join hands with industry experts and practitioners to organize a series of talk on One Belt One Road, to discuss what the initiative means to the business world, especially in the up-and-coming markets on the Maritime Silk Road.

Opportunities for the Myanmar economy arising out of China’s OBOR initiative

In this talk, Professor Albert Park, Director of HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies and Professor of Economics, will share with us his insight on "Opportunities for Developing Countries from OBOR". Professor Park is leading an interdisciplinary research project on “Trade and Investment under OBOR and Implications for Hong Kong”. The 3-year project was recently awarded a grant of more than HKD 3 million from the Hong Kong SAR Government under the Strategic Public Policy Research Scheme after a competitive review.  Mr David Chao, Head of Foreign Direct Investment Advisory Unit at United Overseas Bank (UOB) Hong Kong, will talk about a business case study of Myanmar. The presentations will follow by a panel discussion with speakers including Ms Shirley Chan, Executive Director of Transaction Banking at UOB Hong Kong. Shirley has handful experience with the MNC clients investing in Myanmar.

Speaker Profile  

Albert Park is a development and labor economist who is an expert on China’s economic development. His research has been featured by the Economist, New York Times and Wall Street Journal etc. In recent years he has published articles in leading economics journals on firm performance, poverty and inequality, migration and employment, health and education, and the economics of aging in China. Albert has co-directed numerous survey research projects in China including a new firm-worker survey in the Pearl River Delta, the Gansu Survey of Children and Families, and the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS). He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and Oxford University, and has consulted frequently for the World Bank.

David Chao is Head of Foreign Direct Investment Advisory Unit at UOB Hong Kong. The Unit was newly set up in Hong Kong in 2013 to facilitate the bank's clients with their trade and investment flows between Greater China and Southeast Asia countries. Prior to working in Hong Kong, David worked in several Asia Pacific countries building strong business and governmental networks through providing advisory services to facilitate investments between China and Southeast Asia. David is a Congress-Bundestag Scholar and received a BA cum laude degree in International Political Economy from Cornell University where he was a Meinig Family National Scholar.

Shirley Chan joined UOB Hong Kong in 2015 and heads the Transaction Banking team of UOB Hong Kong. She has over 20 years in the financial services industry and most of those have been spent in the transaction banking field. She has extensive experience in building relationship with large local, multinational corporates and NBFI clients. Prior to joining UOB Hong Kong, Shirley was the head of global transaction services with an international bank.

Albert Park
David Chao
Shirley Chan


Event Details

Date 6 June 2017 (Tuesday)
Time 12:15 pm (Registration)
12:30 - 1:45 pm (Presentations, Panel Discussion and Q&As)
Venue HKUST Business School Central,
Rm 1501-02, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building,
3A Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong (MTR J3 Exit)
Admission Open to public
Fee HK$100 per participant
HK$80 for HKUST Business School alumni and students
(Light refreshments will be provided)
Language English


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